Are ‘Brave’ Parents Practicing Eugenics, Enhancement, or Something Else?
Expert bioethics discourse on human enhancement may be informed and grounded by the perspectives of users of so-called enhancement technologies, such as preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Rather than enhancement technologies creating a technological imperative to enhance one’s offspring, empirical research engaging the perspectives of PGD users suggests that attitudes towards moral obligation may be more limited to familial decision-making than the social and political stage. While the use of PGD has the potential to reinforce existing social hierarchies and generate new forms of social inequality, empirical research suggests that these concerns are not shared by the actual and prospective users of PGD. Thus, the expert bioethics discourse on PGD and other enhancement technologies may be out of step with the matters of importance to the users of the technologies.
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